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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Apr 21, 2010 8:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Charlie Chan-Are Any of These Really Public Domain

Less than 20% of all films registered 1896-1963 were renewed for lots of different reasons:
-No films made before 1915 were renewed
-Major studios did not routinely renew until their 1925 films came up
-Monogram and PRC did not renew pictures until their mid 40s releases were due.
-Many indie studios (Chesterfield, Tiffany) never renewed their pictures at all.
-Some major studios have almost entire years of production in the 30s, 40s and 50s that lapsed into PD due to clerical or financial problems (eg. MGM [1951 season], Universal [1942, 1947], RKO [1931], various Hal Roach Studios 1940s, Fox [1946] etc).
-Many films were not renewed by the studio who bought the film and remake rights (Farewell to Arms, A Star is Born, etc)
-Most pre-1950 UA films were not renewed.